Academic HomecomingIn Your Major

Joining a major marks your transition from advising in the Academic Advising Center to advising within your major during your last two years at Duke. With this move to a new academic home come new considerations for how to get the most out of your Duke experience.

Major advising

You can finalize your choice of major by completing the Long Range Plan during your sophomore year. Once declared, you will work with a faculty advisor in your major department or program. In addition to helping students plan a course program to satisfy major requirements, faculty advisors often facilitate independent study and research within the major and advise on graduate school and other post-baccalaureate opportunities.

In many majors, you request specific faculty advisors based on mutual interests and/or an existing relationship. Alternatively, the director of undergraduate studies in the major department or program can assign you to available faculty based on information provided by students about their interests and goals. Questions on advising within your major can be directed to the appropriate director of undergraduate studies.